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What Load Assists and Kayak Carriers do You Recommend for a 2014 Subaru Outback?  


Can two showdowns be used on a 2014 Subaru Outback or a 2017 Toyota RAV4? Both of my vehicles have raised rails. Want to continue kayaking but my age and height have limited my ability to transport my kayak s on roof of my car. I am looking to transport the kayaks on whichever one is better equipped. Thanks


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I went ahead and compared the vehicle heights of the 2014 Subaru Outback and your 2017 Toyota RAV4. Based on the height of the vehicles, the Outback is the easier choice for loading the kayaks because it is a bit shorter than your RAV4.

With that being said, there is no way to use 2 Yakima ShowDowns # Y04081 side-by-side because you would need a crossbar with the length of at least 88 inches long (which we unfortunately do not carry). Also, the other elevating option, the Thule Hullavator # TH898, will most likely put you over the weight capacity of any crossbar setup we carry.

All of these factors considered, I recommend the Malone DownLoader Kayak Carrier and TelosXL Load Assist w/ Tie-Downs - J-Style # MPG114MD-351XL with an additional DownLoader # MPG114MD for a second kayak. The TelosXL allows you to have a lift assist to help you load the kayaks from the waist level. Since the DownLoaders take up less space and have less overall weight than the ShowDowns and Hullavators, it is a great alternative.

For a roof rack setup on your Outback, I recommend the Malone AirFlow 2 # MPG216. The AirFlow 2 is designed to work hand-in-hand with the DownLoader and TelosXL. Also, you get the benefits of an aerodynamic system with a 165 pound maximum weight capacity. As with all roof rack systems, I recommend confirming with your owner's manual to make sure your roof can accommodate the weight you wish to transport.

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